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The rest of the way : poems
McClatchy, J. D., 1945-
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New York : :Knopf, 1990.
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81 pages ; 22 cm
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PS3563.C33977 R47 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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J. D. McClatchy was born Joseph Donald McClatchy Jr. in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1945. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. He taught at Yale University and Princeton University. He was the editor of The Yale Review from 1991 until his retirement in 2017.

He was a poet, editor, anthologist, translator, and critic. He wrote eight volumes of poetry including Scenes from Another Life, Stars Principal, Kilim, Ten Commandments, The Rest of the Way, Mercury Dressing, Hazmat, and Plundered Hearts. He edited the Library of America's 2007 volume Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater. His volumes of criticism included White Paper: On Contemporary American Poetry and Twenty Questions. His anthologies included Poets on Painters: Essays on the Art of Painting by Twentieth-Century Poets, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, and Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems. His poems and essays appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Paris Review. He received two Lambda Literary Awards and Poetry magazine's Levinson Prize. He was also the author of opera librettos. He died from cancer on April 10, 2018 at the age of 72.

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Booklist Review

Poetry editor of The Yale Review, teacher at some of the country's most pretigious universities, winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, McClatchy is clearly one of poetry's bright young stars. His third volume of poems finds him stretching--turning his eye to everything from AIDS to the delicate politics of the Middle East. Undoubtedly, it is the dexterous series of 15 sonnets ("Kilim") that this volume will be remembered for. Its formal sophistication ensures that it will be studied--and what a remarkable teaching device it will become--long after its insights into the Arab mind have been forgotten. ~--Stuart Whitwell

Library Journal Review

McClatchy is a deft practitioner of a highly literate formal verse, a master of the resonant detail: ``three lines erased in the address book.'' A daring and unsettling collection, this book contains both ``Fog Tropes,'' a subtle, moving poem about a dying friend, and ``Kilim,'' an improbably successful crown of sonnets about a Middle Eastern terrorist. McClatchy seems tempted to elaborate everything, and a wonderfully ornate musicality (``a foxglove's comb of honeyed canticles'') sometimes overpowers. But sharp images (a three-legged cat as ``a petition against grace'') and wit (Ravel and Stravinsky speaking respectively in flowing sentences and edgy, broken phrases) serve as a tonic. A richly textured and rewarding book by a remarkably accomplished poet.-- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon P.L., S.D. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.